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Posted on Oct 21, 2013

Sussex University

Sussex University

 

The University of Sussex has an active[1][2] and at times violent[3] far-Left presence; in 2012, for instance, Conservative MP Mike Weatherley was attacked by as many as 50 students when he arrived on campus to address the university’s Conservative Association.[4] This far-Left activism often takes the form of anti-Zionism, which occasionally spills over into the promotion of anti-Semites, or apologism for anti-Semitic language.

In 2009, Hamas spokesman Azzam Tamimi was invited to speak by the Palestine Society,[5] causing some controversy in the student media. Worryingly, despite Tamimi’s membership of a genocidal terrorist group, the University of Sussex Student Union (USSU) ruled that he was “not a fascist”, and therefore entitled to speak at the university.[6] The USSU would later go on to sponsor a motion – described as “divisive”, “undemocratic” and “extreme” by the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) – which urged the National Union of Students (NUS) to build links with the Hamas-controlled Islamic University of Gaza.[7]

Extreme anti-Zionism is not merely the preserve of students at Sussex. Professor Martin Shaw, for example, has defended those who draw anti-Semitic comparisons[8] between the Holocaust and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, saying that he does not “find the comparison objectionable in principle”.[9] Although he says that the comparison of the Gaza Strip to the Warsaw Ghetto “is not one I would have made”, he then goes on to do exactly that, writing that “Gazan Palestinians in 2008, like Polish Jews in 1939-40, are confined in a small territory and subjected to systematic depredations”.[10] The university’s Palestine Society dabbles in similar anti-Semitic language.[11]

Although the student Islamic Society appears to be less active, its Facebook page[12] nonetheless promotes such persons as Mohammad Akram Nadwi, who is endorsed by anti-Semitic suicide-bombing enthusiast Yusuf Al-Qaradawi,[13] and Hamas-supporter Zahir Mahmood,[14] as well as such organisations as the Saudi-funded, pro-terror and anti-Semitic World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). [15]



[1] http://www.sussexstudent.com/marxist

[2] http://www.sussexstudent.com/swss

[3] http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/972/controversy_over_cuts_protest_at_sussex

[4] http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/1991/conservative_mp_attacked_at_the_university_of_sussex

[5] http://standforpeace.org.uk/university-of-sussex-votes-to-continue-boycott-of-israeli-goods/

[6] http://www.badgeronline.co.uk/anti-war-not-anti-semitic/

[7] http://www.ujs.org.uk/news/578/nus-slammed-for-divisive-undemocratic-anti-israel-policy/

[8] http://www.european-forum-on-antisemitism.org/working-definition-of-antisemitism/english/

[9] http://theorypolitics.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/yet-more-on-israel-and-anti-semitism.html

[10] http://theorypolitics.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/yet-more-on-israel-and-anti-semitism.html

[11] http://www.sussexstudent.com/palestine/content/535413/friends_of_palestine_society_information/

[12] https://www.facebook.com/groups/19029632168/

[13] http://www.al-salam.co.uk/index.php/shaykh-m-akram-nadwi

[14] http://standforpeace.org.uk/zahir-mahmood/

[15] http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CC4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fstandforpeace.org.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F07%2FIslamic-Relief.pdf&ei=4UllUpe_CI-z0QWutoCADA&usg=AFQjCNEBYlKL9vjNG2bcRwAXcdNsgSg3YA&bvm=bv.54934254,d.d2k&cad=rja

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